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I Have Trichotillomania

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    the fact that I wear a lot of eye make up... AHH. If only they could understand, but I just can't tell them :(
    mblo2984 mblo2984 18-21, F Mar 27

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    I really just can't believe I have done this to

    myself. I just want to stop altogether but it's just so hard. It's so noticeable now and I hate going out In public because of my hair. It was so beautiful and thick. Now I can't even put my hair up because it's so thin and everyone will be able to tell. My profile picture isn't...
    123me321 123me321 13-15, F 1 Response 4 days ago

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    Ive Survived Trich

    Read my other story to understand this: Since summer, i havnt pulles out one. Single. Hair! (: im a guy and its hard. People say im lucky cuz i can just shave my head. But i didnt do that. Everytime.i would catch myself pulling i would get a rubberband and flick it at my face...
    drewfrey1 drewfrey1 13-15, M Sep 30, 2013

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    This is something I really want you all to read.

    Now this isn't something I learned from my therapist. nor some professional. This is something that I discovered deep inside, and it is a weapon for me, against trich. If you're reading this, I want you to take a couple minutes to think hard about the stuff that you're ashamed...
    Abizabeth Abizabeth 16-17, F 2 Responses Mar 1

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    So I noticed that I haven't plucked in a few

    days, and I'm impressed. I guess I've been so busy and out of my house that it's been a major distraction and hasn't triggered the impulse. I'm so glad, and I hope I can keep it up. I guess that's kind of the secret, keep your mind and hands busy, so you don't fall back into the...
    Realitea Realitea 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 24

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    My Story....

    I've had trich since I was 8. I've hated the whole 10 years of it! I pull my eyelashes and hair. I've wanted to find people that have what I have so I can connect with them and talk to because I want to talk to people who know what it's like and what I'm going through. I still...
    TrichWarrior TrichWarrior 18-21, F 4 Responses Jul 21, 2013

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    The Horror of Having to Disguise Yourself

    I'm Jordan and I'm fourteen. I've been pulling since I was about ten or so. I've pulled my scalp hair, eyelashes, eyebrows. I tried to hide it from everyone, I parted my hair a certain way, had strange makeup rituals, and made up lies that eventually got old. If someone tousled...
    jtwiggy jtwiggy 18-21, F 4 Responses Jan 5, 2009

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    I go to one of the most stressful colleges in

    the nation. It was a manageable thing at first. I had thick, unruly hair and thought It wouldn't matter if I lost a strand here and there - either way, I would realize what I was doing and stop pretty easily most of the time. But then it became out of control towards finals...
    geognome geognome 18-21, F 2 Responses 1 day ago

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    My Trichotillomania Story

    Not sure how to start this really. It will be all from memory, as I haven’t written it down before. I of course didn’t realize it then, but when I was 9 I pulled out my eyelashes and then, again when I was in Year 6 at school. Although it was off and on. I think my problem...
    ninja5593 ninja5593 18-21, F 4 Responses Jun 26, 2012

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    I started when i was 12

    after a friend told me i had 'Michael Jackson sideburns' i started pulling them out and didn't stop. Now im to the point where i get anxiety when i don't pull, but majorly depressed after i pull it out. I am 21 years old and half of my head is almost bald.
    dawnajothompson dawnajothompson 18-21, F Feb 27

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    Trich And How I Stopped

    Hey, my trichs-in-law. Today, I am going to share my entire story of Trichotillomania and how I have managed to make a great recovery (for those of you who have trich, you will know what a task this is). I know exactly where it all began. Right now I'm 17 years old. The incident...
    Petrea94 Petrea94 16-17, F 27 Responses Nov 22, 2011

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    I've been pulling at my eyebrows

    since around 3 months before my 18th birthday from what I can recall. Once I entered college it subsided for the first couple years, happening only in spurts. However towards the last couple years of college up until now it's a daily struggle. Sometimes I don't realize I am...
    lmm9 lmm9 22-25, F 1 Response Feb 27

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    My Life Because Of Eyebrow Pulling

    I’m 19 years old and I plug out my eyebrows. Most of the time I felt like I was the only one in this world with this problem until I started getting the urge to take out my eye lashes. So I went on and searched in Google “I plug out my eye lashes”, then I came across the...
    yasmilg1 yasmilg1 22-25, F 23 Responses Sep 26, 2010

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    My Life Being Triched

    I can remember the very first day I went for it. The first day I pulled my hair out. I was 13. It was right before Christmas. I was sitting watching the lights on my moms tree dance around. I can't remember what was going through my head at the time but I remember the feeling. It...
    Jzbighands Jzbighands 31-35, F 6 Responses Nov 20, 2013

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    I Wish I Could Stop.

    I've been pulling my hair and eyelashes out for many years. Since i was a little girl, now being 18. I used to have long beautiful eyelashes and hair. My pulling has gotten so bad that I have bald spots all over my head and i wear fake eyelashes everywhere I go. Some of my...
    mariexo mariexo 18-21 3 Responses Apr 3, 2013

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    I have trichotillomania

    and want to reach out to others with the same. I am interested in hearing about others experiences and sharing my own.
    deleted deleted 26-30 5 Responses Mar 20

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    Cookzie Cookzie 13-15, F 2 Responses Apr 11

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    This Is My Story As Was Published In The Huffington Post 10/1/12

    Who you are looking at in this photo right now is a fraud. Every day I go to great lengths to hide what I really look like. Every day I make sure you don't see what I do every morning when I wake up and look in my bathroom mirror. Because I have a disorder that an estimated 2-4...
    sandy7814 sandy7814 36-40 2 Responses Oct 11, 2012

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    I'm struggling right now; I've been running my

    hands through my hair, and I'm just SO tempted to pull. I've been pull free for almost 2 and a half years now. The urges only come every now and again, but when they do, they can sometimes be intense- throwing me into an anxiety attack that leaves me restless and needing to keep...
    Casslav Casslav 18-21 2 Responses Mar 14

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    Having trichotillomania is harder

    than you think..it makes you insecure, it's embarrassing, very hard to stop, and it emotionally hurts you.
    Brokenbeauty15 Brokenbeauty15 13-15, F 3 Responses Mar 2

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    Wow, I feel a little better

    after hearing about so many other people's stories that sound so similar to mine. My plucking started in second grade, at age 7 or 8, and it started with my eyebrows. I'd focus specifically on a few hairs and would end up accidentally digging little "holes" into my skin; my...
    tulipsunleashed tulipsunleashed 16-17, F 1 Response Feb 17

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    I am having a hard time stopping myself tonight.

    Coming down off of the stress if an exam.
    Jessiesgirl242 Jessiesgirl242 18-21, F Apr 2

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    A Cured Hair Puller

      Each thread of hair feels as soft as silk as I play with it with my fingers. I touch the root of one hair I have been dying to pull. I reach the root and dig my nails into the skin and there is a slight pop. I slowly part it from my head and feel a rush of relief. My...
    LDAWG1 LDAWG1 16-18, F 17 Responses Aug 13, 2007

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    Trichotilomania and Me

    My name is Michelle, I have Trichotilomania.  I delveloped this horrifying, self destructive habit when I was 29 years old.  My belief was that I developed is as a result of PTSD (Post Traumatic Stress Dissorder).  I was very very sick with a problematic pregancy...
    Chellestrick Chellestrick 36-40, F 24 Responses Nov 28, 2007

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    I Have Trichotillamania

    I first realized my Trichotillamania in 3rd grade. I would twist my hair around my finger, forming it into a knot, then I would rip it off. I did this atleast a hundread times a day. Until I got caught, I stopped. A year later I felt it, a strange pain in to eyebrows and eye...
    AreYouMadCool AreYouMadCool 18-21, F 5 Responses Apr 27, 2013

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    Coping With My Ttm

    I've had trichotillomania for as long as I can remember, since sometime early in elementary school. I pulled out my eyelashes, and to this day, I can't help it. I would always get teased and picked on for it, and we all know how mean kids can be, so I know others can...
    TarePanda TarePanda 18-21, F 1 Response Sep 26, 2009

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    I started to pluck the hairs out of my eyebrow

    when I was in 6th grade, then I started to pluck my eyelashes. I thought it was just me being itchy or something. I was annoyed of how my eyebrows and eyelashes feel. That's one of the reasons I plucked it. There were bald patches on where my eyebrow hairs used it be, and soon...
    riruxchan riruxchan 13-15, F 1 Response Apr 5

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    I'm a freshman in high school

    and I've had trichotillomania since I was in 3rd grade. It started at home when my mom told me i had a loose eyelash or something. At that point i went to sit down feeling my eyelashes and i started plucking them out thinking they were all just loose. Id show up to school and it...
    TommyAustin99 TommyAustin99 13-15, M Mar 3

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    Constant Urge to Pull

        i can remember the very first time i started pulling from my eyebrow; i was in third grade, at a new school and it was the day after my grandfather's funeral. after a while, i started pulling my eyelashes and i'd make little piles on my desk. i was so confused...
    holland1945 holland1945 19-21, F 11 Responses Dec 11, 2007

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    Feeling horribly alone right now

    and hopeless....I have pulled since I was 6 or 7 and I'm 41 now. I feel that I will never overcome this and as hard as I try I always fail. It has ruined my life. I have no one to talk to that understands how horrible I feel when I fail over and over. There are no support groups...
    loney1 loney1 41-45, F 1 Response Mar 14

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    I Hate My Family And Trich

    NO-ONE IN MY FAMILY GETS HOW HARD IT IS!!!! I got teased for at least a yr for having bold patches everyday I would hear "No person's ever going to like you when your bold", "OMG that freak... i can see her scalp" and "why the **** is she eating the ends of her hair". I have...
    AlisonDI AlisonDI 13-15 5 Responses Sep 8, 2012

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    I am officially 3 weeks pull free!

    Feeling extremely accomplished but stressed out if my mind. I've marked my calendar and my eyelashes have started filling in slowly. I have hope that by this summer I will be able to go to the beach without wearing makeup
    Mgirl646 Mgirl646 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 8

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    It's A Thing, It's A Real Thing!!!!

    I will never forget the day I learned that it had a name. Trichotillomania. I love to say it. I love to write it. I hate to have it. I started pulling when I was 8, I guess. I didn't really notice until one day my mom grabbed my face and pulled my head in for a closer look. She...
    leddead leddead 18-21, F 6 Responses Oct 23, 2012

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    So I have been yo-yoing with my trich lately,

    I constantly pull at my eyelashes and began pulling at my eyebrows again the other day but since then had no urge for my eyebrows. I've had really bad urges to cut again though, I've been feeling down cause I haven't been sleeping so I think that's why those urges have occurred...
    TrichWarrior TrichWarrior 18-21, F a week ago

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    Lately, I've been really on top of exercising

    well and eating really heathy. But I've still neglected this one problem. And I won't declare myself fully healthy until I stop it. It takes 21 days to break a habit and tomorrow is day one. It's time to get rid of this.
    emily39 emily39 18-21, F 1 Response Apr 3

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    Today is the day that I shaved my head don't be

    scared ladies it really isn't that bad. Remeber that hair does grow back and it doesn't chage who you are so keep your head's up and don't let trichotillomania get the best of you because you're all over comers :)
    KianiYvonne13 KianiYvonne13 16-17 2 Responses Mar 24

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    Update from my last post,

    its been about two months since I stopped pulling my hair out! I'm so happy!
    Abizabeth Abizabeth 16-17, F 2 Responses a week ago

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    I am 19 years old. I've been dealing with this

    alone feeling like something is wrong with me until I Googled reasons why I do this. I feel like such a freak & alone in this. My addiction to trich has gotten worse. I have hardly any eyebrows left & my eyelashes are almost totally gone. I've let some friends know I pull out...
    estrong estrong 18-21, F 3 Responses Mar 19

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    I've been struggling with trich

    for almost 2 years but i all started when I was a toddler, I would twirl my hair and pull it fascinated by the thought of loosing hair but in 2012 i started for real, i was seated in my living room watching a movie by myself and I was starting to wander. I felt a hair in my...
    ghoulls ghoulls 13-15, F Mar 17

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    I Have Trichotillomania - My Story

    My names Samantha, I am 15 and from Australia, Sydney. I started pulling my eyelashes out from when I was about 13. It all started when I went away with my friend Ellyn and Cathy, we went away to a caravan park. One night before bed I looked over to Ellyn and seen her pulling...
    SammieR SammieR 16-17, F Apr 23, 2013

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    All About Meeee

     Im a super happy girl! but one thing im not happy about is that I suffer from hair pulling! i dont like it at all! And also,i pull my eyelashes out! Wow, i feel like a total idiot when people say hey kayla wheres your eye lashes or why are you are you bald? ha i tell...
    kaybaby007 kaybaby007 16-18, F 4 Responses Apr 15, 2008

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    I Am More Than Just Trichotillomania

    She touches her hair in a certain way. It’s very particular, very deliberate. Almost as if she is searching for one specific strand. But she’s only half conscious about what she’s doing. Found. Beautiful, fingers glide and caress and twirl. The flirting becomes violent...
    h0pelessh0pe h0pelessh0pe 16-17 3 Responses Jul 9, 2013

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    i have trich. fml. i dont ever leave my house

    anymore now.... i wish i could just talk to someone who would understand.
    ArcusRain ArcusRain 13-15, F 2 Responses Mar 31

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    It all began in 5th grade.

    I don't know how and/or why but it just did. I noticed I started having bald spots and it just progressively got worse as time went by. I just graduated college and the longest I've ever been without pulling was 3 months. I'm still struggling with it but I remain hopeful.
    Nadine31 Nadine31 22-25, F 2 Responses Mar 23

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    I'm so worried that I may get nominated

    for this no make-up selfie thing going around on facebook... I know it's a great thing to do to raise awareness for cancer research, but I've only told 3 people about my Trich and I don't want everyone seeing a photo of me with no make up where you can tell I have barely any...
    mblo2984 mblo2984 18-21, F Mar 19

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    I have had Trich for almost 6 years now.

    It's gotten to the point where I have to always wear my hair up. I have only told one person outside of my family and I'm pretty sure he forgot. I have been dating a guy for 3 months now and he keeps asking me to wear my hair down. I wish I could but I can't even bring myself to...
    emily39 emily39 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 18

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    My Story

    It all started when I was about 12 years old. I was secluded to my room. The anxiety made me go crazy. I did not know what to do with myself but read and listen to the radio. The two things that I wouldnt have taken away from me by my parents. It then formed into trichotillomania...
    sweetreeser sweetreeser 19-21, F 10 Responses Jun 12, 2007

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    It's Trichy

    My journey of hair pulling started in junior high, 7th grade. I got a haircut from shoulder length hair to boy style- short hair. At that age, a boy haircut was the last thing that a self conscious girl needed... I bawled dor days about it... And it scarred me, as i now hate...
    SarahKJ SarahKJ 22-25, F 2 Responses Nov 17, 2012

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    Help

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    SassySam77 SassySam77 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 26

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    Keep Going.

    Hey everyone. I know I already posted my official story on here, but I wanted to say something else... Trich. has been such a huge part of my life for a very long time. I'm so used to my hair pulling that it's become a regular routine part of my day. Everyone who is...
    JennaFreak JennaFreak 18-21 4 Responses May 4, 2011

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    I've had Trichotillomania

    since I was about 12 years old approximately. I still suffer from it. My mom hates me for it. I feel she doesn't even care about me, just the hairs around the house. It's affected my self-esteem and has worsened my self-control skills. It's not very noticeable, but either way it...
    Realitea Realitea 18-21, F 2 Responses Mar 3

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    7 Years and Im Almost Done

        First, I would like to name some things that I wonder may be the contributing factors to my problem.      I have abandonment issues for starters. My mother left me to be take care of by my grandparents when I was about two years old. She has...
    SamEsRaraAvis SamEsRaraAvis 16-18, F 2 Responses Jan 6, 2008

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    I Have Trichotillomania

    ive been having it since im was 14 years old and i am now about to be 17! ive been suffuring so much its been a real tuffs years especially at school ive always tried to cover it up it use to be jus a small little bald spot and now its half of my top head its really bad i try...
    sintia8 sintia8 16-17 4 Responses Apr 11, 2008

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    somedays are worse than others.

    ..i can say i will never grow out of it but i am better than i was wen i was a kid.
    Madii144 Madii144 18-21 1 Response Apr 1

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    I've never been pull free

    as far as I can remember, but the past week I'd only had the occasional pick rather than a pulling spree... Until yesterday when I had a really stressful and low day and in the evening I just pulled out the majority of my eyelashes all over again... I feel so useless like I'm...
    mblo2984 mblo2984 18-21, F 1 Response Mar 18

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    I'm a sophomore in highschool

    and I've had trich for almost 3 years now. I've been doing very good at my pulling and scab picking and since I'm experienced, I'd love to help out the younger ones or newbies before its too late, and befriend other girls my age. I'd hate to see anybody go through what I went...
    AubreeElise AubreeElise 13-15, F 4 Responses Dec 22, 2013

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    What The Hell Do I Do Now?

    I've told my story before, explained how my trich was 'triggered', but things have changed since what I last shared. I now pull from both sides of my head and I was desperate so I was searching the internet for help. I found a girl on youtube under the name beckie0 and her videos...
    pompomuk pompomuk 16-17, F 4 Responses Dec 17, 2012

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